John Fitzgerald

  • Age55
  • Born28 December 1960
  • Birth PlaceCummins, South Australia
  • Playing StatusRetired
“The Gallipoli Youth Cup gives players the chance to compete at a first-class venue and also to honour those who served their country in war.”

— John Fitzgerald, 23 Apr 2014

» Gallipoli Youth Cup kicks off in Melbourne

Fitzgerald, who grew up on a farm in South Australia, began hitting against a brick wall as a four year old.

Although he won six singles titles, “Fitzy” was best known for his doubles prowess, being ranked No.1 in the world in July 1991.

He played most of his doubles with Swede Anders Jarryd. He won 30 doubles titles, including seven Grand Slam crowns (two French Opens, two Wimbledons, two US Opens and one Australian Open), and was a finalist at 31 other events.

He represented Australia in Davis Cup for 10 years, during which he compiled a 19-14 win–loss record and was a member of two championship teams (1983 and 1986).

His singles ranking peaked at No.25 in January 1989. Fitzgerald is married to Jenny, with whom he has two daughters, Elizabeth and Bridget, and a son, Patrick.

He later captained the Australian Davis Cup team for nine years from 2001 to 2010, leading the Aussies to the Davis Cup title in 2003 against Spain in Melbourne.

John Fitzgerald in the news

Tennis family mourns Andrew Florent
Andrew Florent in action at the Australian Open 2014 legends event; Getty Images
17 August, 2016

The tennis family remembers Andrew Florent, a true character of the men's tour and one of Australia's great doubles players.
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Where to play tennis over Easter
John Christiansen and Cameron Christansen, step father and step son, in doubles action at the Echuca Lawn Tennis Club annual Easter tournament; Robyn Christiansen
8 March, 2016

Check out our comprehensive guide to all the places in Australia staging tennis tournaments during Easter - enter now for your shot at glory!
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Fitzgerald, Woodbridge awarded
John Fitzgerald and Todd Woodbridge ahead of Australia's World Group first round tie against Switzerland in Geneva in 2006; Getty Images
3 March, 2016

Australian greats John Fitzgerald and Todd Woodbridge will be presented with Davis Cup Commitment Awards during this weekend's tie between Australia and the United States.
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Gallery: official Davis Cup dinner
A general view of the Davis Cup official team dinner in Melbourne; SMP Images
2 March, 2016

The Australian and US teams gathered for the official teams' dinner on Thursday night ahead of their Davis Cup World Group first-round tie at Kooyong.
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